Atapco's East Gate Marketplace is the First Shopping Center in VA to be Granted LEED Gold Status

Atapco's East Gate Marketplace, a Harris Teeter anchored retail development located in Loudon County was recently granted LEED Gold Status by the United States Green Building Council for sustainable design and building practices.

Loudoun, VA, November 25, 2010 --( Atapco's East Gate Marketplace Achieves LEED Gold-CS Certification

Atapco Properties announced today that Retail Buildings A and C at its East Gate Marketplace development have been granted LEED Gold-CS certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system for Core and Shell. Located at the newly constructed intersection of Tall Cedars Parkway and Route 50, just west of the Loudon County/Fairfax County line, East Gate Marketplace is the first community shopping center in Virginia to achieve LEED Gold status.

Anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store, which is also seeking LEED certification, East Gate Marketplace tenants also include Walgreen’s, Wells Fargo Bank, Capital One Bank, DQ Grill, Neibauer Dental, Tiffany Nails, Hunan Village, Salon eN Color, CJ Haircuts, East Gate Orthodontics and Moca Asian Bistro.

“We are proud of the work done by our staff, design and construction partners and Harris Teeter in making East Gate our first LEED certified development,” said Atapco’s Chairman, Dan Hirschhorn. “The experience we received working on this project will be invaluable as we pursue additional LEED opportunities in the future”
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, innovation in design and indoor environmental quality. To achieve LEED Gold certification, East Gate Marketplace exhibited sustainable design and environmentally friendly construction practices.

Highlights of the 26,000 square feet of retail shops space include:

· The use of captured rainwater for irrigation combined with hardy plant species will save approximately 1.8 million gallons of water annually.
· Anticipated energy savings approaching 25% over a comparable center via the use of energy recovery HVAC systems and an energy efficient building envelope.
· Approximately 57% of construction materials were regionally sourced.
· The buildings contain 35% recycled content.
· Approximately 92 tons of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills
· An on-site green awareness educational tour.

Atapco has plans for an additional 24,000 square feet of LEED certified retail shops as well as a 65,000 square foot LEED certified office building at the center.

The Harris Teeter store is also pursuing LEED certification and expects to receive at least a Silver rating in the near future. This store has already received a Gold-Level rating from the GreenChill program, which recognizes stores for using environmentally friendlier commercial refrigeration systems.

Harris Teeter sustainable highlights include:
· 70% reduction in refrigerant load.
· 50% reduction in water usage.
· 62% regional materials.
· 95% FSA certified wood products.
· Environmentally friendly lighting
· Approximately 94% of construction waste was recycled.

Atapco Properties, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Trading and Production Corporation. A family owned business based in Baltimore, MD, the corporation’s roots go back to 1910 with the founding of the American Oil Company (“Amoco”) by Louis and Jacob Blaustein. Atapco is committed to environmental and community responsibility, and believes in creating environments that facilitate our tenant’s success.

Contact: Patrick Coggins
Phone: 410-347-7181

Atapco Properties
Pat Coggins